LUNCH is a design research journal edited by students at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

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 How to submit to LUNCH

Due date: 11.25.19


LUNCH serves up hybrids of theory, practice, and representation.

LUNCH invites all submissions from all disciplines and practices that offer critical perspectives to the chosen theme.

LUNCH encourages provocation and appreciates humor.

Image and/or text based submissions are welcome. Written submissions are to be no shorter than 500 words and no more than 2500 words.

Full articles are preferred at the time of submission; however, abstracts are also accepted. All submissions, including abstracts, should be accompanied by an author biography of less than 70 words. Submissions (abstracts or full submissions) received by November 25 will be reviewed by the editorial board. Submitters will be notified by December 11 if submissions have been selected for inclusion in the journal or not, along with additional comments for further development as applicable.


Abstracts should include an intended length for the final submission, and should clearly demonstrate the intention and argument behind the author’s topic of investigation/interest. For text-based submissions, abstracts should be ~500 words. For image-based work, individuals should include at least three (3) representative images and explanatory text of ~500 words.


Potential contributors should submit proposals via email to For text-based entries, submissions should be formatted as a Microsoft Word document (.docx). See Manuscript Preparation below for further details. For accompanying images or image-based work, see Image Specifications below.

Manuscript Preparation

Articles and essays should be formatted as a Microsoft Word document (.docx). Full submissions and references should be prepared following the Chicago Manual of Style. Format all text as single-spaced. Use a hard return and a single line space to separate paragraphs; do not indent new paragraphs.

Please save each manuscript component (text, captions list, and author biography) as a separate file labeled with your last name.

Include notes at the end of the document as unembedded endnotes. It is not necessary to include a bibliography with your text. Use regular script (not superscript) reference numbers in parentheses for your notes both in the text body and the endnotes.

e.g. “As Peter Waldman suggests in his essay “Lunch in America,” the concept of lunch is a construction of culture and of time. (1) Here in the shadow . . .”


(1) To lunch suggests an escape from the day’s work; perhaps even a break. Peter Waldman, “Lunch in America,” Lunch 1 (2006): 10

Image Specifications

Authors are required to acquire permission for all images not of their own making that are copyright protected. Authors assume responsibility for all required permissions and fees related to the replication of copyrighted images. LUNCH is not liable for the reproduction of any images for which an author fails to acquire the necessary rights and privileges.

Photographs should be print-ready, high-resolution (300 dpi or greater at the full page size of 6.5 x 10”) .TIFF or .JPEG files. Hand drawn line drawings or illustrations should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi at full-page size. Digital linework should be in vector (.pdf) format.

All figures must have a caption, a figure credit, and be cited in the body text (if text-based work). Full caption and figure credit text, corresponding to the correct filenames, should be formatted as a Microsoft Word document (.docx).

Format figure credit text as follows:

Artworks: Artist, “Title,” Year. Material, Length/ Dimensions (metric). Photo credit (if available/ applicable). Image Credit (if available/applicable).

Architectural and landscape works: Architect, “Project title” (if available/applicable) or site name (if available/ applicable), location, construction dates. Photo credit (if available/applicable). Image Credit (if available/ applicable).

If your article is accepted for publication, we may ask you to re-submit high quality format files of each photograph and illustration